Bernard Baudry Chinon AOC Les Grezeaux 2017

Article number: Baudry Chinon Grezeaux 17
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While Domaine Bernard Baudry is a relatively young estate, it's among the rising stars of Chinon! Fresh out of wine school in Beaune in 1982, Bernard Baudry began with two hectares in Cravant-les-Côteaux, gradually building it to its current 32 hectares. 90% of his estate is planted to cabernet franc, with the other 10% devoted to chenin blanc. Bernard's son, Matthieu, who has assisted his father since 2000, finally took over the reins upon Bernard's retirement, but the two men still work side by side to produce standard-setting wines in Chinon. The estate has been certified organic since 2006 but farmed without chemicals and with homemade compost for far longer than that. The approach in both vineyard and cellar is traditional, using only estate grown fruit, hand harvested, destemmed, moved by gravity, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mix of cement and old barrels before aging takes place in vat and used barriques. Wines are bottled with minimal sulfur. Baudry's wines are renowned for precision, concentration, and texture, and are arguably among the finest of the region. The Les Grézeaux cuvée comes from Baudry's oldest vines, 60-70 years old, planted on sandy, gravelly clay soils at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in the village of Cravant. Fermented in concrete and aged in three to five year old casks for 12 months, this 100% cabernet franc is sure to delight, with luscious aromas of raspberry, red fruit, and spices. Layers of red and black fruit with classic green pepper and a hint of bay leaf dance around a luxuriously ripe palate that also somehow manages to remain astonishingly fresh and lively. Fine-grained tannins wrap up this elegant wine that embodies the best of Chinon. Organically grown, low-intervention.

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